Cheshire hills teem with support

Tegg’s Nose Country Park in Macclesfield, teemed with ramblers, as supporters of Francis House took to the hills for the annual Cheshire Three Peaks Challenge.

The challenge offered two strenuous routes of 6.5 or 13.6 miles long, the latter leading walkers over three of Cheshire’s highest hills – Tegg’s Nose, Shutlingsloe and Shining Tor.

Taking part against the odds was 60-year-old Beverley Scott-McGrory, from Culcheth, Warrington.

Just two years ago she was wheelchair-bound with little prospect of walking again, having contracted viral meningitis whilst working as a ward sister.

This caused ‘normal pressure hydrocephalus’ – an abnormal build-up of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.

She endured numerous brain surgeries to treat the condition, which eventually led to brain damage rendering her immobile, bed-bound and in need of full nursing care.

Undeterred she embarked on a rigorous rehabilitation programme, gradually regaining her mobility and independence.

Having fundraised for Francis House through numerous golfing trips and events, the retired nurse chose to complete the 6.5 mile route as part of her continuing exercise regime, collecting over £500 in sponsorship.

“My condition is often diagnosed in children, some of whom with many other challenges, will no doubt have been supported by staff at Francis House,

“It is an honour to support Francis House. It is a wonderful place with dedicated staff giving the best care to children, teenagers and young adults in amazing surroundings.” said Beverley.

Other participants included large groups of staff from Myerson Solicitors in Altrincham and Prestbury-based creative media agency McCann Manchester.

Rachel Astill, fundraising officer at Francis House, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Beverley and all of the 186 walkers who took part in the challenge. It was fantastic to see so many people push themselves to their limits in support of their local children’s hospice.”

The event raised £18,585 thank you to everyone who supported it. Anyone interested in next year’s challenge should call Rachel Astill on 0161 443 2200.

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